TGG Foundation is focusing on developing a model to initiate training students of architecture and practicing architects on Sustainable Energy Efficient Tiny Homes. The sustainable homes will be designed & built using local materials, engage and develop local talent and employment generation. The aim of the project is to create homes that will have less ecological impact, are easy to construct, low cost, lightweight, long lasting, energy efficient, naturally ventilated, all weather and suitable for all terrains. It is a research project of TGG Foundation to address the growing need of affordable housing within the country and internationally, an income generating opportunity for youths under Work, Earn & Develop and to accomplish the Sustainable Rural Development Goals minimizing damage to the environment & also to see if environment and ecology can be restored to earlier times or enhanced through such intervention by TGG.
The researchers engaged in this project will focus on the following objectives –
The researchers will follow a strict timeline –
Enhancing our understanding of energy efficient tiny homes through the study of traditional architecture design philosophies and principles. Detailed analysis on natural daylighting and ventilation, renewable energy incorporation, and use of recyclable and reusable materials.To study on natural daylighting and ventilation with aspects on glare and heat gain.
Detailed study on works of current architects and architecture schools who practice sustainability including use of materials other than Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) and Steel. To investigate structural stability of buildings and structures built of traditional materials like mud, wood, bamboo, use of agricultural waste like straws, stubble etc.
To adopt action-based research that combines traditional wisdom with modern technology. This means that the research has to include use of traditional materials like mud or mud plaster, wood, bamboo, Mangalore roofing tiles or shingles etc. with modern aesthetics in architecture design. The interiors of the house would entail locally developed and produced handicrafts that includes use of local handicrafts.
The study of “A” shaped structures throughout the history of mankind and its application in the current scenario. The advantages of “A” shaped structures over other forms of structures. To explore construction techniques of materials like bamboo, wood, mud plaster which are good in strength, easy to construct and materials could be reused after dismantling. The study of renewable energy sources like solar panels, wind mill, hydroelectric power to be made available in small scale and their easy installation and dismantling when required.
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To employ simplified construction techniques for the prototype which can be executed without the help of skilled masons in sustainable construction. To emerge with construction methodologies in such a way that materials used in construction can be reused and recycled with minimal waste after dismantling. To come with an architecture design that adapts to different climatic zones of India and different topographies across the country.
Rashmi is an Architect from Bangalore with a keen interest in sustainable and traditional rural architecture. She has joined TGG Foundation as an Associate Member and will be responsible for coordinating the research and development of the Energy Efficient Tiny Home project. She has also taken part in the National Awards for Excellence in Architecture Thesis 2021 of zone 4 in the year 2022 as a participant.
3rd year Architecture
3rd year Architecture